Chelsea vs. Liverpool to entertain, Lionel Messi the scourge of Barcelona
Our Home Banker landed again as Roma and Liverpool found the net six times between them on Wednesday during another pulsating Champions League semifinal. The Reds return to domestic action this Sunday as they head to Stamford Bridge to face a Chelsea side looking to finish the season on a high.
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The Home Banker
Chelsea are 23/20 favourites to beat Liverpool but any punters thinking of smashing into the Blues should take heed of the fact they've won only two out of nine matches against teams in the top six this season. It's been a rough campaign for Antonio Conte and while they've rediscovered a bit of form in recent weeks, they look a bit short here against a Liverpool team who have become European football's great entertainers this season. A three-pronged attacking machine who can go through teams like a hot knife through butter when in the mood, they are clearly not as well-oiled defensively so it could pay to back goals at the Bridge. Over 3.5 goals on Sunday is a 7/4 shout and looks interesting given that Chelsea have kept just one clean sheet since the middle of February.
The Tasty Treble
Arsenal (8/15) boast the second best home record in the Premier League so should be trusted to get the job done against Burnley in what will be Arsene Wenger's final home match in charge of the Gunners. Elsewhere, Everton look over-priced at 19/10 to beat Southampton. The Saints have not won on any of their last dozen league visits to Goodison while the Toffees looked sharp last weekend in winning 2-0 at Huddersfield. Throw in Manchester United, who are 8/11 to beat Brighton on Friday evening. They have won twice already against the Seagulls this season and are yet to concede a goal.
The Euro Wager
Barcelona look must bet material when they host Real Madrid in El Clasico this weekend. La Blaugrana have been different class in La Liga and have won 14 of their 16 matches at the Camp Nou, scoring 45 goals during that sequence. Real Madrid are fully 15 points behind them in the league and looked very fortunate to edge past Bayern Munich during their recent Champions League clash. Defensively, Los Blancos look so vulnerable at the minute so the logical bet here is backing Barcelona to win and both teams to score.
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The Wildcard Tip
Wilfried Zaha has been unbelievable for Crystal Palace this season and without his input they would surely be heading for the Championship. Zaha is a 6/1 poke to score first when Palace meet Stoke and that looks a decent price given he's got four goals in his last four games for the Eagles.
The Bookie Basher
Lionel Messi netted a sensational hat trick against Deportivo La Coruna last Sunday as the Catalan giants clinched their seventh La Liga crown in the past 10 years. He is a goal ahead of Mohamed Salah in the race for the European Golden Shoe as things stand and looks a bet at 5/2 to score first for Barca against Real Madrid. Back Messi with Gabriel Jesus (12/5) to notch first for Manchester City against Huddersfield in a first goalscorer double paying better than 10/1.